New England is a realm of gorgeous beaches. It is a small piece of heaven that vacationers get to taste. The first time I took a trip to New England, I was a little overwhelmed. I wanted to see everything! There were beach towns scattered everywhere I looked, and my obsession with traveling made it almost impossible not to explode into tiny bits of happiness. My itinerary was pages long, and although it was obvious, I ignored the fact that I simply could not see it all. I wish so badly that someone had taken me aside and pointed me at the best beaches and towns to visit. I didn’t know which towns were musts, but I have lived and learned, and now I must share the seven beach towns to see while vacationing in New England.
Plymouth is tops on my list for the amazing beach town it is. There are tons of seafood restaurants, adorable mom-and-pop shops, and a powerful history as one of the oldest towns in the United States. There are two very popular beaches, but I have a soft spot for White Horse Beach. It is slightly more secluded, has free parking, and the sandy shore is very wide and clean. There are no bathrooms, but the peacefulness of an emptier and bigger beach trumps toilets any day.
2. Cape Cod
Everyone has heard of Cape Cod. This travel destination is one of the most popular places to visit in the country. Families love to escape to this beach kingdom and spend the weekend listening to the peaceful sound of water. While exploring this town, don’t forget to relax and enjoy the festivities. There is always something going on at the Cape, and it’s better to go with the flow than stick to a list.
This beautiful town has one of the best beaches in New England. The Singing Beach is made public and provides a smooth walk straight into the glistening water. The entire shore is covered with sand and makes for long, but perfect, shoeless walks right by the water.
If you’re visiting Ipswich, then you definitely have to explore Crane Beach. This amazing place has 1,200 acres of beachfront, sand dunes, and thick forest. With the diverse landscape, you really get to experience every type of beach. You can visit the main area that has lifeguards, bathrooms, and shops, or you can discover your own quiet, secluded place.
5. Martha’s Vineyard
This beach destination has the charm you would expect to find on an island. After taking a 35-minute ferry to the island, you will already be drooling over the views. Once across, rent a bike to explore trails along the beach, see adorable lighthouses, and cruise by Victorian homes.
This town is beach paradise. You get the beach, city, and nature all mixed together for one perfect vacation. After exploring the countless shops, take a stroll down to the clean beach. The sand is incredibly soft and makes it easy to build your dream sand castle. Walk the two miles of beachfront while breathing in the 919 acres of green paradise outlining it. After you walk the shore, you will understand why this is one of the most recommended beaches in New England; I can’t even begin to explain the peaceful feeling you get when you step onto the sand.
This town is filled with entertainment and is the perfect place to hit at night. There are dozens of places to dine on fresh lobster while enjoying the view from your seat. The trees are lush, and you can find trails to explore the nature surrounding this town.
With so many beach towns in New England, you will be faced with the pleasant challenge of choosing your favorite. No matter where you decide to vacation, you can’t go wrong with sand, ocean, and lush trees everywhere.